Professional Development for Educators

The GSC and Professional Development for Educators

The GSC sponsors a variety of professional development activities for those who wish to improve their teaching/practice and understanding of critical global issues.

Global Issues Through Literature - Global Health and Gender Equality

This reading group for K-12 educators explores literary texts from a global perspective. Content specialists present the work and its context, and together we brainstorm innovative pedagogical practices for incorporating the text and its themes into the curriculum. Sessions take place in 4130 Posvar Hall from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m on Thursdays. Books, Act 48 credit, dinner, and parking are provided. Click date below to register and on the respective book cover to learn more about the story.

October 3, 2019

Discussion led by Dr. K. Frances Lieder, Contemporary Global Issues


November 21, 2019

Cosponsored by the ESC and the REEES
Discussion led by GSPIA Ph.D. Candidate Dijana Mujkanovic


January 23, 2020

Cosponsored by the NCTA and the ASC
Discussion led by East Asian Languages and Literature's Dr. Elizabeth Oyler


February 27, 2020


April 23, 2020

Cosponsored by the NCTA and the ASC
Dr. Brenda G. Jordan & Stephen Wludarski, NCTA and Asian Studies Center


Professional Development Workshop 

Current Events

Join us for this FREE professional development mini course on the world of Whaling from New England to Europe to Japan. Speakers will address topics such the lives of sailors, what parts of a whale and what kinds of whales were harvested, the global commodity chain of whaling, and a challenge to the contemporary Japanese narrative about the importance of whaling to Japan. Class time will also include previewing portions of the American Experience film Into the Deep, experiencing some of the music of whalers, and a curriculum session with a master teacher. 

Free ACT 48 hours, materials, parking, and meals. Space limited so please register by Friday, February 14.


Interdisciplinary Global Educators Working Group

3 Saturdays: March 7, April 18, and May 9
*Attendance at all Saturday sessions is required.

Collaborate across disciplines with colleagues from your school to (re)design global curriculum! The University Center for International Studies is offering a program that will provide teachers with the time, space, and material support to gather with like-minded colleagues and (re)design an interdisciplinary, global unit or lessons. We are accepting applications from teams of 2-4 teachers, librarians, curriculum development specialists, and/or administrative personnel. Free parking, Act 48 credit, and a stipend provided to each participant as well as a mini-grant offered to each team for curricular materials.

For more information and to register (deadline Monday, February 24), contact Maja Konitzer.


Past Event

In this workshop for K-14 Educators, participants will gain access to resources on teaching about cultural interactions as a topic of study. Using examples from the arts, technology and trade, we will explore primary sources that illustrate how to teach about these interactions through documents, objects, and artworks that represent modes of interaction. Dinner, parking, and Act 48 credit are provided. Click on date below to register

Presented by Susan Douglass, Ph.D. Center For Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University

Learn More about our upcoming events or contact Maja Konitzer with any questions.